“It’s a sign! The women, they’re taking over! The feminists have won! We’ll have to mansplain how to fly the Tardis, which she will not know how to parallel park.”
Or so we imagine the startled responses from many a bedroom boy nerd taking their frustrations out on Twitter over news that the 13th Doctor Who will be Jodie Whittaker – the first female actor to take on the iconic role.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017
According to Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who’s new head writer and executive producer, not just because she’s a woman, either:
“I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away.
“Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The 13th Doctor is on her way.”
Whittaker herself described scoring the chance to play the Doctor “more than an honour”, though predicting fall-out also told fans “not to be scared of my gender”.
“Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change,” she explained.
“The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”
Lots of people were thrilled by the news, including outgoing Doctor Peter Capaldi:
“Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”
The internet? Well, that’s an interesting place to be right now. A moderate percentage of users sound rather like the opening sentence to this article, while some have so little to do with their lives, they’ve started ‘Save Doctor Who’ from feminazis Twitter pages.
It took literally MINUTES (23) of looking at the #DoctorWho13 tag (along with a ‘boycott Dr Who’ keyword search) to find disgusting misogyny
— Godfrey Elfwick™ (@GodfreyElfwick) July 17, 2017
Philip Davies, is that you? https://t.co/ZN07aUJ8so
— Jenn Selby (@JennSelby) July 16, 2017
— 13!puppy (@coolserietv) July 17, 2017
The rest of us are absolutely loving it:
— Breezy Weekes (@BreezyWeekes) July 17, 2017
— MealCam (@csimps0n) July 17, 2017
— Sweaty Flaps (@bluebel06187675) July 17, 2017
Going to start watching Dr Who just to piss off the bigots of this world.#doctorwho13
— Dawn Ashdown (@dawn_ash) July 17, 2017
havent watched an ep of Doctor Who in my life, but sure as hell am enjoying watching misogynistic men trip all over themselves. #DoctorWho13
— Vesper (nighstar) (@nighstar) July 17, 2017